Stepan has just two goals and three assists at even strength through 19 games this season.
Stepan has been handed the top-line job between Clayton Keller and Max Domi, but he hasn't been able to cash in on playing with the talented youngsters. In fact, of the 24 forwards with at least 250 minutes at five-on-five in the league, Stepan's 0.87 points per 60 minutes rank 24th. However, it's interesting to note that Keller ranks sixth highest with a 2.61 mark, so perhaps there has been some tough luck in points column for Stepan. Regardless, it's hard to imagine the established veteran not beginning to deliver better offensive results over the coming weeks.
Stepan failed to register a point for the fourth consecutive game during Tuesday's 5-3 loss to Detroit.
Not only is the veteran center playing top offensive minutes (19:59 of ice time with 3:38 on the power play during the point drought), but he's also being flanked by the best two wingers Arizona has in Clayton Keller and Max Domi. It's a concerning slump, and Stepan's fantasy value is trending in the wrong direction.
Stepan scored twice on five shots and dished out an assist in Thursday's 5-4 loss to the Stars.
The goals were Stepan's first two in a Coyotes uniform, but he's made his presence felt offensively with four assists in seven games. Despite him finishing plus-2 in this one, the former Ranger center's rating still sits at an ugly minus-3. Stepan never finished a season below plus-5 in New York, but just breaking even would be a major accomplishment on this rebuilding team.
Stepan recorded an assist and five shots on net during Thursday's 4-2 loss to Detroit.
Stepan has now recorded an assist in consecutive contests, as the veteran center appears to be finding a groove with his new club. He's locked into a top offensive role and has averaged 21:00 of ice time per game, including 3:49 with the man advantage. Additionally, centering Max Domi and Clayton Keller should prove to be a favorable fantasy setup for Stepan.
Stepan joins the Yotes from New York via a trade Friday that included Antti Raanta in a swap for the seventh overall pick in the 2017 NHL Draft and Anthony DeAngelo.
Stepan is probably the odds-on favorite to take over the vacant captaincy with Arizona after having served as an alternate for New York. In addition to his leadership, the center will look to extend his four-year 50-plus point streak. The 27-year-old is likely a lock to suit up on Arizona's top power-play unit as well -- a role he thrived in with the Rangers as he notched four goals and 14 helpers while averaging 2:58 of ice time last season. In addition to his impressive offensive stats, Stepan is a solid defender, as evident by his plus-19 rating and inclusion on the penalty kill.